Conference Chairs

Mario Giampietro

Conference Chair

Mario Giampietro

Mario Giampietro is ICREA Research Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. He works on integrated assessment of sustainability issues using new concepts developed in complex systems theory. He has developed a novel scientific approach, Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Societal and Ecosystem Metabolism (MuSIASEM), integrating biophysical and socioeconomic variables across multiple scales, thus establishing a link between the metabolism of socio-economic systems and the potential constraints of the natural environment.

Recent research focuses on the nexus between land use, food, energy and water in relation to sustainable development goals. He has (co)authored over one hundred fifty publications, including six books, in research themes such as multi-criteria analysis of sustainability; multi-scale integrated assessment of scenarios and technological changes; alternative energy sources; bio-complexity; science for governance. He coordinated the EU-funded project ‘Moving towards Adaptive Governance in Complexity: Informing Nexus Security’ (MAGIC – https://magic-nexus.eu/) (2016-2020).

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Omar Amawi

Conference Co-Chair

Omar Amawi

Omar is currently the deputy director of PRIMA Foundation, and has represented Jordan in the general assembly and contributed actively to the drafting of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the program.  He previously worked at the Higher Council for Science and Technology in Jordan for more than ten years as the director of policies and scientific projects AND international cooperation departments. Omar has a water resources management and agricultural engineering background, in addition to an advanced degree in applied research in economics and business. He served on many boards, consortia and committees internationally and locally, and was the president of "Water -Energy -Food" Nexus Think Tank and advisory board member in the H2020 project 5TOI_4EWAS.

A senior Manager/expert in the fields of Scientific Projects management and Building Strategic Partnerships; with more than 15 years of experience in the fields of Science, Technology and Innovation policies development, planning, implementation and support, international cooperation and building strategic networks and partnerships, commercialization, Technology Transfer and bridging Science and business, capacity building and human resources management and development.

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